Workshop: Intermediate Vessels

14. September 2013 Start of KA-startup workshop for 200 candidate students at the AAA, led by Shin Egashira
renowned architect, artist and teacher from Architectural Association School of Architecture,
London alongside: Nat Mosley, Espen Lunde Nielsen, Anders Kruse and Karianne Halse.

The workshop takes its starting point in its physical site at Aarhus Havn. The harbour
has traditionally had a role of handling and exchanging goods, where a mobile
infrastructure of cranes and vessels facilitates the exchange between terrestrial
transport on train and trucks, and the transport by boat at sea. The harbour is also
associated with an immaterial exchange of stories from the sea and know-how of the world.

Today, the harbour is in a phase of transition where the industrial programs are
being relocated in order to make place for housing, education and commercial
programs. This development facilitates a new exchange of narratives and knowledge.
The workshop positions itself in the middle of this transition, proposing public facilities
– where found stories and structures is deployed, generating a physical living archive.

The students have investigated given elements from a 32 feet wooden boat through
drawing, followed by progressive deconstruction, cutting and fragmenting into a
taxonomy of parts. These components are together with narratives and press clippings
from the harbor and findings at site, triggers of the final construction of 26 vessels -
a total collection of related constructions functioning as urban furnitures or
inhabitable devices.